With 2016 over, a toddler has now shot a person every week in the US for two years straight. At the end of 2015, one of the big news stories summing up the events of the prior year was a piece by the Washington Post.
This report highlighted the unbelievable but true fact that for every week in 2015, a toddler was responsible for shooting either themselves or another human being in the US – in some cases, fatally. Now that 2016 is done and dusted, we can officially confirm that the concerning trend continued last year. That means, for the past 104 weeks, there has been at least one toddler somewhere in the US firing a gun and hitting themselves or another person.
In fact, the situation is getting worse: the rate of toddler shootings in 2016 was up 6% year on year, an alarming result given a continued focus on gun control in the United States. By October 2016, there had already been 51 shootings committed by toddlers – up from 47 at the same time in 2015. After a toddler accidentally shot and killed his older sister, a family’s wounds run deep. Jaxon, 4, plays on the trampoline that used to belong to his sister, Kimi, in Irondale, Ala.
While at his great-grandfather’s house, the boy found a gun that had been left out and accidentally shot Kimi, killing her. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post) IRONDALE, Ala. — They have put it off all spring and summer, but now it’s autumn and they’re out of excuses, so they set out on what should be the most ordinary of chores: to dismantle a trampoline in one back yard and rebuild it in another. “I love you,” the 4-year-old boy says as they drive through their neighborhood, just after his mother, who awoke with another migraine, told him to “shut up and sit on your butt or else.”
“I love you,” he says again, a few seconds later, for what seems like the 10th time today, and now no one says anything. A 4-year-old playing with a gun on Thanksgiving shot a 2-year-old cousin, Philadelphia police say. Omar Laboy-Vega and Rachel Santiago have both been charged in connection with the shooting of a 2-year-old.
(Philadelphia Police Department) When authorities responded to the Philadelphia home on Thursday afternoon, they discovered a young child who had been shot, according to police. The victim was just a toddler, police say. And the person who investigators say pulled the trigger wasn’t much older. 7-year-old fatally shoots 3-year-old in Ohio, police say. Child shoots 9-year-old boy, police say. Pa. teen dies learning to shoot guns with dad in yard. These black parents were charged when toddlers shot themselves — but these white parents weren’t. Two young boys — ages 2 and 3 years old — died within a week of one another last month after finding a parent’s gun stashed in a bag and then accidentally shooting themselves.
Kiyan Shelton Enoch, 2, fatally shot himself April 20 with his mother’s gun, which he found in her purse. Holston Cole, 3, found a gun in his father’s backpack and fatally shot himself April 26. Their cases attracted national attention, because the two boys were among four toddlers who shot and killed themselves that week — and among 23 toddlers who’d fatally shot themselves or someone else since Jan. 1. If that seems like a lot, that’s because it is. The two boys’ deaths were tragically similar — but the outcome for their parents was very different. As blogger David Waldman, who tracks gun violence and accidental shootings for Daily Kos, pointed out, one parent was charged while the other boy’s parents were not. The 23-year-old Shelton is black, and the Coles are white. 3-year-old shoots self in face; Mother arrested. Father ‘recklessly’ waving gun fatally shot his 4-year-old in the head, police say.
Four-year-old Tahirah Phillips was watching TV and playing with her six siblings on Saturday afternoon in a bedroom in their Philadelphia home when, police said, a single gunshot brought shrill screams and tears.
Tahirah had been shot in the head — and her father, police said, had pulled the trigger. Her siblings started yelling. Then her father, Maurice Phillips, stood up from the bed and walked toward them. Phillips “struck his 5-year-old daughter with a closed fist then wiped the blood from his hand onto her shirt,” police said Monday in a statement. “He then picked up Tahirah and carried her into the rear bedroom, called his fiancé and told her to come home. “When she arrived, he followed her to the bedroom where Tahirah was lying.” That’s where Tahirah died. How often do children in the U.S. unintentionally shoot and kill people? We don’t know. A Smith & Wesson handgun at an NRA convention in Indiana earlier this year.
(Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images) After a 9-year-old girl in Arizona accidentally shot and killed her shooting range instructor with an Uzi last week, it raised what would appear to be a fairly obvious question: How often do children in the United States — where unintentional or accidental shootings occur with some frequency — fatally shoot people by accident?
The answer: We don’t actually know for sure. At least that’s what the people and agencies tracking this topic say. “We know how many times children die each year as a result of gun deaths,” Jon S. Vernick said the data is out there, but it has not been pulled together or compiled by anyone. Agencies that compile statistics regarding shooting deaths told The Post that while they have data on many aspects of shooting deaths, this figure was unavailable. Some details regarding gun deaths are known, collected and reported. Two-year-old fatally shoots himself with gun found in mother’s purse, police say. Father Accidentally Shoots His 4-Year-Old Daughter, Then Frames His 5-Year-Old Daughter. A man in Philadelphia was playing around with his gun when he accidentally discharged it, killing his four-year-old daughter.
The man, Maurice Phillips, 30, was waving the gun around the room recklessly in the presence of seven children. Seven children. Captain James Clark of the Philadelphia police department said that the girl and her six siblings, ranging in age from 7 months to 13 years, were in the bedroom with Phillips. “[Phillips was] carelessly and recklessly waving and pointing the gun around in the room,” said Clark. The gun then went off, striking the young child in the back of the head and killing her instantly. A MO mom shot her 2-year-old son when he 'startled' her, PA father shot 4-year-old while playing. Two recent tragic gun incidents involving very young children.
First off, a St. Louis toddler is lucky to be recovering after he made the mistake of startling his mother: Two-year-old shot in face when mother's purse drops with gun in it. A bullet ricocheted off of a vending machine at a Merit Health clinic in Mississippi and hit a two-year-old child in the face yesterday.
The gun discharged when the two-year-old’s mother dropped her purse, containing the gun, while trying to use a vending machine. “Charges are not pending, it’s an accidental discharge,” said Officer Colendula Green with the Jackson Police Department. That two-year-old is okay. While Mississippi has an open-carry policy, weapons are prohibited on Merit Health campuses. [My relief] The fact that weapons are “prohibited on the Merit Health campuses” doesn’t solve this issue. Ted Alcorn: There's a pattern in children shooting each other. Last year, at least 278 children unintentionally fired a gun and injured or killed someone.
Kids such as the 5-year-old in Missouri who was playing with his grandfather’s handgun when he fired it, killing his infant brother. Or the 3-year-old Ohio boy who found his mother’s handgun in her purse and discharged it into his own chest. Or the 4-year-old son of an Alaskan state trooper, who found his dad’s personal weapon and was looking down the barrel when it went off. In isolation these tragedies seem like random accidents, but together they form a pattern — one we can interrupt if we track the data and test the most promising solutions. We need a more complete picture of this phenomenon than we have today. Even in our imperfect data, the patterns we see play out are striking.
Our analysis also reveals how we might prevent some of these tragedies. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Gun rights advocate accidentally shot in the back by her 4-year-old son. A north Florida woman is in the hospital after her 4-year-old son shot her in the back while sitting in the backseat of her pickup truck. 31-year-old Jamie Gilt is a self-described advocate for "gun sense" who posts enthusiastically on social media sites about firearms and protecting her right to bear arms. She appears to be the same Jamie Gilt who was hospitalized yesterday. A Putnam County Sheriff's Office news release says a deputy saw Gilt behaving frantically inside the truck Tuesday afternoon and quickly realized she'd been shot.
Once she pulled her car over, she told deputies her 4-year-old son, who was sitting in the back of the truck, shot her in the back while she was driving. Image: Facebook/Jamie Gilt The bullet went through the seat and entered her back, before exiting her stomach. Relatives told investigators Gilt was traveling to a family member's home to pick up a horse when the shooting happened, according to local news outlet First Coast News. 2-year-old girl reportedly shoots self at south Sacramento County home. A 2-year-old girl was hospitalized in critical condition after she reportedly shot herself Monday afternoon at a south Sacramento County residence. The Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call about 1:50 p.m. from a residence in the 7600 block of Countryfield Drive reporting that the girl had shot herself, said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department personnel took the girl to a hospital. The girl suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
Two women were at the home when sheriff’s deputies arrived, one of whom was believed to be the child’s mother, Turnbull said. Homicide detectives and other sheriff’s officials were seen gathered near the house where the shooting occurred. In a news release issued Monday evening, sheriff’s officials said detectives were still trying to determine how the child gain access to the gun and who owned it. Accidental shootings involving toddlers have happened before in California, but they are rare. Toddler Finds Handgun In Mom’s Purse And Shoots Both Parents. It strikes me that there are two main problems with guns as protection: 1. If it’s uncocked and unloaded when you need it, it’s useless. 2. If it’s cocked and loaded when you don’t need it (which is most of the time), it’s very, very dangerous. Unfortunately for the Reynolds/Villescas family in Albuquerque, NM, the second scenario proved to be disastrous when their 3-year-old boy pulled the loaded cocked gun out of Mom’s purse, fired a bullet and injured both his parents.
The family was staying at an Albuquerque motel with the boy, his 2-year-old sister, the pregnant mother and the father. Justin Reynolds told KOB-TV that he and his girlfriend, Monique Villescas, were getting ready to order pizza when the toddler fired the shot. “It was like if I was to get up shake your hand and sat back down. The boy’s sister was unhurt, the father was shot in the lower back and the mother was hit in the shoulder and is hospitalized but in good condition. Both children are with child protective services. 9-year-old girl accidentally shot, killed by 3-year-old in Irondale.
A 9-year-old girl was accidentally shot and killed by her 3-year-old brother Saturday afternoon in Irondale. Chief Ken Atkinson said the girl was shot in the head and initially suffered life-threatening injuries. The girl later died after being flown by medical helicopter to Children's of Alabama, police say. The shooting occurred at around 2:10 p.m. in the bedroom of the children's grandparent's house on Monroe Drive. "It appears to be a tragic accident," Atkinson said, but the shooting remains under investigation. 7-Year-Old Boy Shot to Death By Brother With Gun Found in Mom’s Purse. Tour agency: American detained over Pyongyang hotel incident.
Jan. 23, 2016 4:21 AM ET SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A China-based travel agency said Saturday an American university student recently detained by North Korea is being held over an unspecified incident at his hotel before he was scheduled to board a flight for Beijing. North Korea announced his detention on Friday in a state media report accusing Otto Warmbier of committing a "hostile act" orchestrated by the U.S. Gareth Johnson, the CEO of Young Pioneer Tours, confirmed via email Saturday that Warmbier had been staying at Pyongyang's Yanggakdo International Hotel and was not with other tourists when the incident occurred.
The company statement said Warmbier was detained at the Pyongyang Airport on Jan. 2, but didn't explain what exactly happened at the hotel. The company said in its statement that an airport official told one of Young Pioneer's guides after Warmbier was detained that he had been taken to a hospital. 4-year-old boy, who accidentally shot himself, dies at hospital. Police: Boy, 3, finds gun, accidentally kills self in Flint, Michigan. At Least 265 Kids Involved in Unintentional Shootings in 2015. At least 265 children under the age of 18 picked up a firearm and unintentionally shot themselves or another child, according to a gun control advocacy group. The new #NotAnAccident Index created by Everytown USA records every such incident on a map and details the story behind each shooting. 3-year-old shoots brother with gun belonging to California cop. Toddlers Involved in More Shootings Than Terrorists in 2015
The GOP and the Democrats alike have politicized the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris, with many governors vowing to refuse refugees entry to their states. Boy Shoots Self In Leg Outside Troy Kroger Store. 3-Year-Old Boy Shot and Killed By 6-Year-Old Brother During Game of Cops and Robbers. 8-Year-Old Shoots Himself Dead After Parents Leave Him Home Alone With Loaded... 43.4K Shares Share Tweet. Boy, 11, charged with killing 8-year-old girl after argument about puppies.
New Jersey police: 6-year-old dies day after being shot by 4-year-old. In just seconds, a boy, a gun, a death, then grief. It happened in just seconds, by all accounts. 5-year-old Kentucky boy fatally shoots 2-year-old sister. 3-year-old boy shot, killed while playing with gun on Detroit's east side.
Marques Green: Detectives say 3-year-old Hamilton boy shot himself with mother's gun. Indiana Dad Charged After Daughter, 4, Shoots Him by Accident. Nine-Month-Old Boy Accidentally Shot by Brother in Elmo, Missouri. 'I'm Sorry': Mom Recounts Moment 5-Year-Old Shot and Killed Baby. 1-Year-Old Fatally Shot By Another Child With Unattended Handgun. Toddler shoots father, pregnant mother at New Mexico motel.